Family Time

Staying at home while trying to “flatten the curve” has become the norm for many families. Since schools have moved online, families are now forced to reckon with the fact that they will now go from spending just a few hours of their days with each other to spending every waking moment together. Here are a few tips to help keep the family from going stir-crazy and to add structure back everyone’s lives:

1. Structure Your Days

With close quarters and daily routines disrupted, it is important to set up a system where everyone feels like they are the same page. One example would be a time that everyone eats breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another example could be scheduling activities throughout the week as a family that breaks up the monotony of staying inside all of the time.

3. Give Each Other Space

It can be a harsh transition from 8-9 hours together to being together 24/7. Make sure to give your loved ones enough time on their own and to give them space. If possible create spaces where everyone can congregate (think dining table or the couch) and also create spaces where people can have more independent time (think in their room or a designated corner). If space is limited, set a rotation schedule, so everyone has a chance to have alone time.

3. Give Yourself a Break

Everyone is going to deal with the pandemic in their own way. Give yourself patience and grace as you are adjusting to the changes, and give your loved ones the patience they need too. 

If you are interested in reading more about what you can do to make family time easier, here are a few more links that you can access:


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/13/the-family-lockdown-guide-how-to-emotionally-prepare-for-coronavirus-quarantine

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/for-parents/articles/protect-your-familys-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

Mental Health Check

Managing Stress during COVID-19

Whether you are an essential worker still being called into your line of duty or if you have been staying at home due to layoffs or work from home orders, COVID-19 has been taking a toll on all of us. During this challenging time, many of us are looking for resources to manage our stress and mental health. Here, we will be sharing a few resources that may be helpful for you during this time.

Take the situation day by day.

With everything constantly changing and shifting, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what the future may hold. In this situation, it is best to take each experience at a time and each day at a time. This means to live in the moment and focus on what is right in front of you; what do you need to do this second, this minute, this hour, today?

Follow healthy daily routines as much as possible.

When life is swirling around in chaos, it can be difficult to feel in control of your situation. It may be helpful for you to keep a daily schedule to spell out the things you are going to do for the day and when you will do them. Even if you are staying inside for the majority of the day, that does not mean you can put a bit of structure in your day to day life.

Take time for yourself.

Managing stress is just as mental as it is physical. Take some time out of your day to spend it with yourself. Calm.com is providing free resources during COVID-19 has wonderful guided meditations that can help you take some tension off of your shoulders.

Manage how you consume information.

Be selective about how you consume the news. Watching too much television and reading too many articles can be stressful. Set limits on how long you consume the news each day and be careful about where you are getting your news from.

Stay connected with others, virtually!

This is the perfect time to reach out and connect with those we have not heard from in a while. Reaching out over the phone or via video chat is a great way to get social interaction without having to leave your home.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Cheap and Easy Meals to Make During Quarantine

With a statewide quarantine entering full effect (and being extended), obtaining groceries and food has become more challenging than it has ever been. Beyond groceries, we are now forced to reckon with the fact we must cook the majority of our meals by ourselves; to help alleviate the dilemma of deciding what to cook and to give everyone budget-friendly meal ideas, we have compiled a list of 5.

Check the toolkit at the bottom for links to the pages.

One-Pot Cheesy Taco Pasta

Total Cook Time: 35 min

Total Ingredient Count: 8




One Pan Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice

Total Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Ingredient Count: 8




“Grown-Up” Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Total Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Ingredient Count: 7



Buffalo Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

Total Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Ingredient Count: 8



Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Total Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Ingredient Count: 5



Here are some more recipes that are budget-friendly and time-saving!


https://www.thesimpledollar.com/save-money/20-favorite-dirt-cheap-meals/

https://www.cookinglight.com/food/everyday-menus/healthy-budget-recipes

https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/g4287/cheap-dinner-ideas/

Letter to Residents RE: Coronavirus

March 20, 2020

Dear Voice Resident,

We are writing to inform you of important updates in light of current events. For the health and safety of our residents, leaders and staff, Voice is suspending operations in the office until further notice. We will still share information regarding Voice programs, opportunities or resources of interest to residents.  Expect us to contact you thru our automatic calling system, newsletters, website, and social media. If you do not already receive these alerts and would like to, please click here or call our office 773-769-2442.

Our Resident Opportunity Services program team will provide support during this health crisis by phone and remotely to provide information and referrals on

  • Ways to obtain food, groceries, and other necessary household supplies.
  • How to apply for emergency unemployment or other financial assistance.
  • Information on current debt and bill relief programs and policies.
  • Assistance in accessing essential physical and mental health services.
  • And, how to sign-up to receive regular check-ins throughout this time of need.

For questions, please call or leave a message at our office or with the Resident Services Coordinator at 847-920-2442. We will get back to you as soon as possible. For property management, maintenance and rent questions, please call and follow the guidelines set by your property manager.

For additional health recommendations and updates, visit these sites:
www.chicago.gov or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

Sincerely,
Colleen Heitlage, MSW
Voice Resident Services Coordinator

Voice 2020: Who We Are

Voice is a small, but dynamic housing organization, controlled by tenants on the board, and supported by Uptown community reps and professional advisors.  It has a proud history, informed by experience in issue advocacy, community development and property management. In 2019, Voice of the People was in transition and strategizing about the future. 

To realize the organization’s vision of a vibrant mixed-income community in the next fifty years, Voice embraces some basic principles that will guide advocacy, programs, and services. 

  • While affordable housing alone may be enough for some residents to attain a higher quality of life and new level of self-sufficiency, most will still have challenges where they can benefit from support services.  To assure social sustainability for affordable housing, support services should be available to tenant-families and all residents.
  • While owners enjoy fleeting rewards for financing affordable housing, the long-term economic challenges to property management can be more daunting.  Voice, and all providers of affordable housing, must continuously seek greater capacities, enhance revenues, and realize cost efficiencies — so that they can viably continue.  This is what is required for economic sustainability of affordable housing.

So this is Who We Are in 2020

Voice is an affordable housing provider.  

Voice owns and manages property in Uptown, directly and with partners (14 buildings with 214 units). We intend to be the best “community partner” we can be by helping property management do its job well, and assuring long-term affordability in what is now a high-cost, reinvesting community. 

Voice is an organizer of residents and leader in affordable housing policy.  

The organization has a rich history of organizing residents around concerns regarding their apartments, buildings, and blocks.  Voice will deliver these “Legacy Services”, do it better, and begin to bring low income tenants and local owners together on areas of common concern.  The organization’s staff will also take on leadership roles with local and city-wide coalitions. Affordable housing is a human right — which remains the unifying theme of our work.

Voice is a new provider of support services to residents. 

Affordable housing is an essential need, but it is not the only need to address for tenants to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families. Voice is beginning to connect people to opportunities based on their needs, interests, and goals — starting with Voice owned and partnership properties. Voice encourages volunteerism in support of the many great organizations and institutions of Uptown.

And, Voice wants to support owners of affordable housing long term.  

In order to maintain and welcome affordable and mixed-income residents into their properties, owners need assistance too.  Whether owners are for-profit or non-profit, Voice intends to advocate for sensible policies and provide program services so that owners can stay in the community without selling out to the highest bidder.  

 

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June 22nd, 1 pm Family Activity Center

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